Preliminary report confirms no distress call made in fatal Greene Co. airport crash

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The preliminary crash report from the National Transportation Safety Board has been released regarding a fatal plane crash in late January.

According to the report, the purpose of pilot Joel Lansford’s flight was to reposition the airplane to its home base of Xenia. He took off from the Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ) in Indianapolis after the plane completed maintenance at a repair station there.

Once he requested permission to land at the Greene County – Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport, he was given permission to land, according to the NTSB report.

“An airport employee, who witnessed the airplane flying on a downwind beneath the cloud base, stated that the airplane appeared to be setting up for a circling VMC approach to runway 25,” according to NTSB’s report. “The airport employee was in proximity to the I19 Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) weather information screen. He reported that the screen showed a 1,700 cloud ceiling, with wind from 240 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots (gusts variable from 240 to 330 degrees).”

The preliminary report confirms that there were no reported distress calls from Lansford during the flight and the he had normal communications with ATC and ground personnel throughout the flight, according to the report.

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